Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic, Hall of Fame: 10 questions about Goran Ivanisevic

The 2001 Wimbledon champion has transformed himself from one of the best players in the world to one of the best coaches, thanks in no small part to his incredibly successful partnership with world No 1 Novak Djokovic. Here are answers to some common questions you may have about the Croat

Former tennis player Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia smiles after being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame Former tennis player Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia smiles after being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Who is Goran Ivanisevic?

Goran Ivanisevic is a retired professional tennis player. He currently coaches the men’s world No 1 Novak Djokovic. Ivanisevic was born on September 13, 1971 which makes him 49 years old.

Which country is Goran Ivanisevic from?

Ivanisevic is from Croatia and was born in the city of Split. He currently resides in Monte-Carlo.

When did Goran Ivanisevic start coaching Novak Djokovic?

Ivanisevic has been working with Djokovic since July 2019. Prior to working with Djokovic, Ivanisevic also coached countryman Marin Cilic (who won the 2014 US Open while working with Ivanisevic), Tomas Berdych, and Milos Raonic.

“I am proud as a part of the team, as a coach, as a friend, whatever it is,” Ivanisevic said in a recent interview. “I mean, he’s writing a history of tennis. Was not the most beautiful final, but a lot at stake in that final. He was going for third [Wimbledon title] in a row, 20 altogether. To tie these three unbelievable guys. Now going to US Open, first time in his career, winning three in a row in the same year, having chance to win four. I mean, that would be unbelievable.”

Is Ivanisevic the only coach of Novak Djokovic?

Djokovic is currently coached by Ivanisevic and Marian Vajda. While Ivanisevic has been part of Djokovic’s coaching team since July 2019, Vajda began coaching Djokovic from 2006. Vajda had coached Djokovic until 2017, at which point they parted ways. They reunited in 2018 and have been working together since.

Goran Ivanisevic and Marian Vajda, Novak Djokovic's coaches
Goran Ivanisevic and Marian Vajda, Novak Djokovic’s coaches

What was Goran Ivanisevic’s highest ranking as a player?

Ivanisevic’s highest ranking was No 2, which he first achieved in July 1994. You can find his ranking history on his ATP profile page.

How much prize money did Goran Ivanisevic win in his career?

Ivanisevic’s career prize money is listed as $19.8 million on his ATP tour profile page.

How many Grand Slam titles has Goran Ivanisevic won?

After finishing runner-up at Wimbledon on three occasions (1992, 1994, and 1998), Goran Ivanisevic finally won Wimbledon in 2001. Ivanisevic’s run to the 2001 Wimbledon title was nothing short of a fairytale. The Croat entered the tournament as a wild card ranked No 125 in the world.

The Wimbledon title was the 22nd and final singles title of his career. In doubles, he won 9 titles and also reached the final of Roland-Garron in 1990 and 1999.

When was Goran Ivanisevic inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame?

Ivanisevic was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2021, becoming the first Croatian to earn induction into the famous organisation. The Croat was part of the Class of 2020 inductees but the induction ceremony was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Is Goran Ivanisevic active on social media?

Ivanisevic is active on Instagram, where he is followed by more than 45,400 people, and on Facebook, where he is followed by 40,000 followers.

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